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Changing the Cover of a Traveler's Notebook Cheap DIY to make a gorgeous book | How I Sustain Blog

Changing the Cover of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook or Moleskine Book

Last week I opened this series of posts on traveler’s notebooks. It’s funny how it started, actually. Last year I made two books during the summer, one of which I *nearly* finished and the other that I stopped writing in, but really didn’t know where to take it creatively. And I left them, untouched, for nearly a year. Then, recently, a few things came together. First, someone asked about Little Summer JOY and if we were planning to create that (free) course again. The answer was yes. Second, someone asked how I would be documenting it. The answer was, unquestionably, traveler’s notebook. Third, the Scrap Gals Facebook community started a series of conversations on traveler’s notebooks. And, just like that, I was propelled, full force, into completing last year’s projects, planning this year’s Little Summer JOY, and totally, enthusiastically, committed to finishing both books and fully diving into the world of traveler’s notebooks. My Summer Experience Traveler’s Notebook So I mentioned that I made two books last year. The first was part of Little Summer …

5 Ways to Get Creative with a Traveler's Notebook | Part of a series on Midori, Moleskine, and DIY Traveler's Notebooks

Documenting Life in a Midori Travelers Notebook, Bullet Journaling, and Memory Keeping with Moleskine Journals

Recently I posted my Traveler’s Notebook from last year’s Little Summer JOY Project. Truly, truly, it was a *joy* to create that book and I love wandering through its pages – in some ways, more than my other books. There’s just something about this format of memory keeping that makes me want to come back for more. Again and again. I think it’s partly because it encompasses the form of memory keeping that I absolutely cherish – the pairing of words, not just phrases, but actual in-depth journal entries, with photos, mixed media, and elements in a manner that brings the experience to life. That sparks memories. That invokes the feeling, the sentiment, the essence of a moment in life.   And I want to dive into this, in all forms, and give you the experience of what memory keeping in this form is like, so I’m writing what was, at first, a single blog post and has quickly turned into an in-depth series of posts. You can find the links to all the posts, …

DIY Notebook Cover

Make Your Own DIY Notebook with Recycled (FREE) Materials

A long time ago, in what feels like an entirely different lifetime, I worked in an office. Yes, friend. It’s true. And in that office I worked with a bunch of environmental professionals, scientists and engineers, that worked on projects that helped improve the natural and lived environment. We did things like improving the efficiencies of water treatment and wastewater treatment. We improved drain systems and cleaned waterways. We remediated old dumping sites and brought ponds back to life. And we wasted A TON of paper. Still, to this day, I shake my head about it. You can’t see it, but I’m shaking my head right now. I never understood contradictions like that. And I still don’t understand them today. But anyway.   Recycled, or Repurposed, Paper Notebooks Being the action-oriented do-gooder creative that I am, I decided to do something with the wasted paper. Just to prove that it was possible. Just to make a point. But also, for the sake of the challenge. And because I wanted to see if it was something …

Week in the Life 2016 | Tuesday Digital Pages by Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life | Tuesday

Tuesday’s pages for Week in the Life were.. cumbersome. My days at home, with Max, have far more photos and stories than my days working alone. These days never feel particularly busy, but somehow, looking at these pages, and looking at the stories, and looking at all of the places and spaces we attended in just one afternoon, it all makes sense. They say life is HARD with littles. And it is. Or it has been. But life lately, in this brief phase of one 3.5 yr old, a grade school kid, and a baby in the womb, it’s just easy. And I love that. And I am so incredibly grateful every single moment. And I’m grateful to have it documented. Because I imagine this time next year will be .. busier. ­čśë Story of Today Today’s story was written directly into my Tuesday page. It’s a letter of love to my 3.5 yr old Max and three things I love about him right now. I have loved our days together lately. No matter how …

Week in the Life 2016 | Count me in. Thoughts on documenting everyday moments by Julie Love Gagen

That’s so Daily | A Week in the Life Themed Prompt for #HashtagThisWeek

I love the boring parts of our lives. I do. Boring is regular. Boring is typical. Boring is expected, unoriginal, and plain. Boring is also routine, daily, and common. It is not dramatic. Or stressful. Or difficult. It is unsurprising. And it is easy. And I love that. No matter what your life is, right now, in this moment – it has an element of boring. And that boring, that daily stuff, is so typical for you right now. And that’s what makes it so special. Because boring for you 5 years ago was SO DIFFERENT from what boring is for you right now. It’s different this year, compared to last. It’s different this month, compared to the next. Life is always in transition. That much we know. Because even when your job, your routines, your favorite things appear to be consistently the same, something around you, some aspect of your life is changing. And if it’s not you, directly, it’s the world around you. It’s technology. It’s friendships. It’s your relationship with yourself. It’s …

Week in the Life 2015 | Wednesday | Julie Love Gagen

Week in the Life Starts Next Week!

Oh, friend. Week in the Life starts next week and I’m SUPER super excited for it!! I’ve had my kits picked out for weeks. I have the files in line, the templates selected, and my past projects are on my desk (for added inspiration). I AM READY. If you’ve never done this project before If you’ve never done this project before, and if this is your first year, seriously, do not feel overwhelmed. Here are three tips I have for the first time Week in the Life’er. Start small. If you only take 10 photos a day, THAT’S OKAY. You don’t need a lot of photos. In fact, sometimes it can be harder if you have too many. Pace yourself. Maybe use a timer, or your calendar, to prompt photo taking. Include photos in the morning, mid-day, evening, and night. Whatever you are doing in that moment, capture it. It doesn’t need to be special. Or pretty. In fact, most of that gets corrected in the editing anyway. Take a variety of boring photos with …

Today I hold a space of Gratitude for my mind, body and spirit. I open my whole heart and see the flow of love, Sufficiency and Gratitude.  I allow for Quiet moments today where I acknowledge all I have Achieved. | Living in Sufficiency: A Daily Journey

Living in Sufficiency: A Daily Journey

Occasionally I come across things that are just too good not to share.┬á This is one of them. If you’ve followed this space for a while, you know that I like to get into the depths of who I am, how I work, what drives me. I like to consider, reflect, and dive a little deeper. I like to work through hard things, to find the positive, to reach a better way of being. Because, frankly, I have no choice. Life is HARD. And “hard” has, for many years, been my normal. That’s why I wholeheartedly pursued teaching yoga. It’s my way of reflecting, moving, working through hard things… when all I really want to do is curl up in my sweatpants and catch the latest Netflix series or scroll through Instagram. Because real life doesn’t give you the time to waste. Real life knocks you on your ass in half a second, pushes you around while your down, and still expects you to get up and go back to work, go back to responsibility, …

My 2016 One Little Word: Magic | How I Sustain Blog

One Little Word 2016 | Magic

Have you ever had one of those moments where coincidence or luck brought you to something totally new, totally amazing, and changed the course of the trajectory you were on? That, friend, is MAGIC. And it’s my One Little Word┬« this year. What is One Little Word┬«? Oh! I am SO so glad you asked! You may have noticed the cultural trend to move away from talking about New Year’s Resolutions (which are rarely followed after January), and a push towards adopting a word, or a phrase, or a general theme for the year. Something a little more attainable. A little more achievable. A little more realistic. And inspiring. It’s a trend I appreciate and truly value. It’s also a trend that follows a project I’ve been doing for years. One Little Word┬« is a project run by Ali Edwards. Ali is a memory keeper, a story teller, a talented artist. Seriously, don’t go to her website unless you’re planning to buy a bunch of stuff. She’s amazing. Anyway. This project, friend, is not a …

Cultivate | One Little Word in 2015 | Julie Love Gagen - How I Sustain Blog

One Little Word 2015 | Final Thoughts

It’s a new year. New start. And time for a new word. A new intention. A new energetic tone to bring to my choices, my spare moments, my goals, my hopes. This is my fourth year choosing a word. For more on my past posts, you can check out the One Little Word┬« tag, or start reading about Cultivate in 2015 in the first post, or start with “no resolutions: just a word.” But before we start talking about the new word, I want to come back to the word from 2015. Because it meant a lot to me. Because it stuck with me and kept me going, even when I wanted to give up. Because it was, truly, the perfect word for my year. Cultivate was my word in 2015. Cultivate I cultivated my creative outlets: memory keeping, art, painting, handmade things, paper, collage, digital work. I cultivated new skills: script, web design, logos + branding, and continued to cultivate them from good, to better, to something that I am truly proud of. I …

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

Make Your Own DIY Homemade Chai. Savor. Repeat.

I had this moment the other day where I just HAD TO have a chai. But after I had my purse and keys in hand (in like 0.05 seconds), I could tell it was going to be a tough sell to convince Max to leave his lego tower. And, honestly, if you have kids – you know how it goes: the second your child enters a public place, they turn from their otherwise pleasant selves into a crazy, whining, impossibly loud and disruptive tornado of boogers and toddler slime. So I reconsidered my options. And I googled it. And this recipe came up. And I made it. And it was A-FRICKEN-MAZING. I mean, just LOOK at it! And, after thorough investigation (and lots of chai teas), I have decided that the only way to enjoy a chai is daily – at home – with this recipe. Naturally, I made a gratitude album spread about it. Because I love them. — Today’s pages are a mix of products that I had from my stash. I made …